Dena and Zach couldn’t decide if they would rather have Paris or Chicago as a backdrop for their engagement pictures, and so they simply chose both. They had been planning a trip to Paris before booking us, and decided to have us capture their time there. We spent a beautiful afternoon (is the light always this perfect there?) and evening shooting along the Seine, and then in Le Marais.
Cesare Pavese, an Italian novelist and poet, who’s influenced in many ways, wrote: “we don’t remember days, we remember moments.” While we didn’t literally document their whole stay in Paris, we hope these pictures capture what it felt like for Dena and Zach to be in love, in Paris, one winter before their wedding. As a photographer it’s strange to say this, but I don’t care what Paris looks like, I care what it feels like. I hope they can show these pictures to their friends and family and say “that’s what it felt like.”
How they met:
Dena and I have known each other for the past eleven years as I have been friends with her twin brother since the start of high school. We dated a little bit at the end of high school and the beginning of college, but we officially were on the path to wedded bliss when Dena was living in Charlotte after college. While staying in touch for a number of years and talking almost daily for a couple of weeks, we had a rather stressful night over our distance apart. I summed up all of my courage, and probably all of my money at the time, and bought a plane ticket to Charlotte for that night. I boarded my flight at 6:00am, got to her apartment by 10:30 and we never looked back from there.
Dena’s birthday fell in the middle of the week and I had gotten her a couple of smaller gifts telling her that I wanted to make her birthday special and celebrate a little each day with little gifts that would get better as the week went on. It started with a birthday card on Monday, a Lululemon outfit on Tuesday, and a mini J Crew shopping spree on Wednesday…to which Dena told me “I don’t know how it’s going to get better than this”. On Thursday, after having to sit through the longest meeting of our lives, we went back to our apartment where I told Dena that I didn’t have time to wrap Thursday’s gift so she had to close her eyes. I went and got the ring, telling her that Thursday’s present was something I knew was only for her…I asked her to marry me, and after hugs, tears and kisses…she said yes!